Archive for the 'trip reports' Category

A creek (once) ran through it

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

As Bay Area Creeks go, Alameda Creek is rather large. It drains a watershed of around 700 square miles the bulk of which lies east of Niles Canyon out toward Livermore, Altamont and points south. After the creek exits Niles Canyon it crosses six miles or so of alluvial plain then another two miles of […]

Salt Pond E6C – November 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The first phase of South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (SBSPRP) work in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) played out between the San Mateo Bridge approach to the north and the Old Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel to the south. After several years of remarkable Phase I progress, the SBSPRP is now starting a […]

Color and Texture – Salt Ponds E12 & E13

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Last Sunday I headed out to ELER with the idea of taking some follow up color and texture shots of the shallow waters in the newly reconfigured Salt Pond E12 complex. On arriving I found these ponds largely dry with huge bags of pea gravel placed on several of the “bird islands” dotting the landscape. […]

Salt Pond E2

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In the kick-off briefing session for this year’s round of photographs, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (SBSPRP) management team expressed interest in coverage of the bay edge of Salt Pond E2. This pond lies just north of the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel on the outboard side of the pond complex that will […]

Construction at the Oliver Salt Works ruin

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As the Phase I restoration activities wind down at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) the day approaches when areas of the reserve will be open to the public. The plans have long called for public access to levee-top trails, the construction of a kayak launch on Mt. Eden Creek (a new Eden Landing!), and […]

Eden Landing Redux

Friday, September 26th, 2014

  Old textures blend with new in the flats just south of Eden Landing (Salt Pond E12). Go back 150 years or so and Eden Landing held a prominent place in the East Bay cultural landscape. Here topography and entrepreneurship combined to provide a boat landing on Mt. Eden Creek that served as one of […]

Alvarado Wastewater Treatment Plant

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A vertical panorama of the plant. As I begin a new season of photography in South San Francisco Bay I have a list of a couple dozen subjects to visit. Some of these are new requests and some are locations that I photographed in previous years. One interesting request was to photograph the Alvarado Wastewater […]

Salt Ponds E12 & E13 revised and revisited

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The days grow shorter as summer draws to an end. This must come as something of a relief to the Snowy Plovers, Terns, Avocets, and other bayland birds as it marks the end of their long nesting season. It a relief to me as well because with the end of nesting season my Special Use […]

Progress at Salt Pond A21

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I have been photographing Salt Pond A21 since 2006. This was the year that Salt Pond A21 and its neighbor, Salt Pond A20, were returned to tidal flow. The two ponds flank the abandoned hamlet of Drawbridge and their construction in the middle of the last century must have hastened the decline of that community. […]

A visit to Drawbridge

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

In July 2014 I made my way out to Drawbridge for the first photography session since December 2012. It was fun to be out there again. The vegetation in Salt Pond A21 has really expanded in recent months – the pond is starting to look like a marsh. Drawbridge in a view taken near sunset. […]